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Wild Rift Southeast Asia Championship 2021 inspires mobile esports worldwide - Skyegrid Media

Riot Games, the world’s largest developer and publisher of games with the most players, is launching the first League of Legends: Wild Rift SEA Championship 2021 on September 14, 2021. 21 of the best Wild Rift teams will be featured in this online tournament Regional level fighting for the Wild Rift SEA Champions title for the first time.

Wild Rift: SEA Championship 2021, hosted in partnership with ESL Asia, marks an important milestone in Riot’s mission to make Wild Rift its first global mobile esport.

Teams from 9 countries and regions, including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Oceania, Taiwan and Hong Kong, will all compete for a total prize pool of $ 200,000. Each team qualified with a brilliant performance in the Wild Rift SEA Icon Series: Fall Season.

Southeast Asia pioneered Riot’s entry into mobile gaming and mobile esports and was the region of choice for the game’s first regional alpha and open beta phases. In February 2021, the Wild Rift SEA Icon Series was later announced as Riot’s first global mobile esports league.

Southeast Asia is the fastest growing region in the world for mobile internet penetration. Its users spend three to five hours a day on their smartphones, more than any other user in the world.

Being the first to enter the mobile world also means that mobile gaming is deeply rooted in Southeast Asian youth culture. Nearly 50% of consumers in Southeast Asia are believed to have played mobile games on their cell phones, apps or websites, and 80% of all gamers in the region are believed to have played games on their cell phones.

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This trend offers a great opportunity for the growth of mobile gaming esports and makes this region the center of mobile esports in the world.

During the Wild Rift: SEA Championship 2021 virtual press conference, Leo Faria, Global Head of Wild Rift Esports at Riot Games, gave his comments on Wild Rift eSports’ journey so far.

“We want Wild Rift eSports Riot to be the first global mobile eSport. While we are still in the early stages of our newest sport, our progress in Southeast Asia is a measure of our goals in other regions, ”said Leo.

Wild Rift: SEA Championship 2021 highlights the incredible talent and passion of Southeast Asian teams and sets the bar for how mobile esports can be watched and enjoyed.

“We are excited to make this high quality player and production-first strategy available to other mobile game enthusiasts around the world,” said Leo.

The Wild Rift SEA Icon Series has provided nearly 1,000 participating teams since the inception of the league, and achieved unique views of 1.28 million daily during the Summer Super Cup. Wild Rift and its esports play a vital role in Riot’s growth strategy in Southeast Asia.

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Commenting on Riot’s approach to the region, General Manager Riot Games Southeast Asia and Taiwan, Justin Hulog stated that Riot has released many new games over the past two years, including Legends of Runeterra, VALORANT, and League of Legends: Wild Rift, as well as one made an important step into the entertainment, fashion and music industries.

From the release of the second EP by virtual pop band K / DA and partnerships with Uniqlo and Warner Music to the release of the upcoming Netflix animated series Arcane later this year, we’re constantly looking for new ways to entertain and surprise our fans around the world .

eSports plays a very important role in this strategy and represents a golden opportunity for us in Southeast Asia, the top region in the mobile world.

“We created a vision for this region to be Riot’s hub for mobile esports and we are proud to be the first to introduce Wild Rift Esports,” said Justin.

eSports is also gaining increasing recognition by governments in the region as more countries unlock the potential of eSports through economic investment and career development for youth. Esports became a medal sport in the 2018 Asian Games and 2019 SEA Games, and that year Wild Rift was heralded as a medal event for the 2021 SEA Games.


The 21 best teams of the current Wild Rift SEA Icon Series: Fall Season qualify for the SEA Championship 2021. These teams come from 9 regions in Southeast Asia: Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Oceania, Taiwan and Hong Kong, competing for a total prize pool of $ 200,000.

The Wild Rift SEA Championship 2021 will have 3 competition phases:

  • Phase 1 – Play-Ins: September 14-19, 2021
  • Stage 2 – group stage: September 23-26, 2021
  • Phase 3 – Main Event: September 30th – October 3rd, 2021


The 2021 Wild Rift SEA Championship will be broadcast in English, Tagalog, Indonesian, Malaysian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and Mandarin-Cantonese. The broadcast begins at 11.30 a.m. WIB, the first game starts at 12 p.m. WIB. The game will also be broadcast live on Riot Southeast Asia’s official Twitch, Facebook and YouTube channels.

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